RICE, James Andrew

Assistant Professor

Academic & Professional Qualifications

  • LLM (Master of Laws), University of Cambridge (1985)
  • MA (Law), University of Cambridge (1984)
  • BA (Law), University of Cambridge (1980)
  • BA (Philosophy), University of Wisconsin (1978)

Areas of Interest

Philosophy of Law, Political Philosophy, Human Rights Law, Social and Legal Issues

Working Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Lingnan University (1999 – date)
  • University Lecturer, School of General Education, Lingnan College (1996- 1999)
  • University Lecturer, General Education Division, Lingnan College (1995 – 1996)
  • College Lecturer, General Education Division, Lingnan College (1993 – 1995)
  • Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, National University of Malaysia (1989 – 1992)
  • Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Malaya (1986 – 1988)
  • Foreign Legal Consultant, Law Offices of Yagi & Ushijima, Japan (1985 – 1986)

Publications – Books

Publications – Articles

  • Rice, James, “Hong Kong’s Migrant Workers and their Impact on the Rule of Law Narrative” International Journal of Applied Philosophy, Vol. 29, No. 2, Fall, 2015, pp. 221-239.
  • Rice, James, “Hong Kong’s Policies Relating to Asylum-Seekers: Torture and the Principle of Non-Refoulement” UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal, Vol 28, Spring, 2011,  pp. 148-73.
  • Rice, James, “The Uncertain Search for Justice in the August 2010 Manila Bus Hostage Tragedy” Philippine Law Journal, Vol 85, No. 2, 2011, pp. 288-98.
  • Rice, James, A., ‘From Marcos to Arroyo: What went wrong for Democracy in the Philippines?’ In, Public Governance and the Limits of Eloctoral Democracy. Ed. Lok Sang Ho and Brian Bridges. London, Edward Elgar, 2010, pp.253-283.
  • Rice, James, “Taking Ourselves Seriously: The Relevance of Dworkinian Principlism in Genetic Research” The Journal of Philosophy, Science and Law Vol. 6, March 20, 2006, pp. 1-15. http://www6.miami.edu/ethics/jpsl/archives/all/gene_research.html
  • Rice, James, “Political Domination and the Rule of Law in Hong Kong” UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal, University of California, Los Angeles, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2005, pp. 51-77.
  • Rice, James, “What’s Morality Got to do with it? The Need for Principle in Reproductive and Embryo Research”, Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics, EJAIB, 15, (1) January, 2005, ISSN 1173-2571.
  • Rice, James, “The End of Human Rights?” The International Journal of Applied Philosophy, 17:1(2002) ISSN 0738-098X, pp, 198-35.
  • Rice, James (2002). “Reinterpreting the Rule of Law in Hong Kong”. Asia-Pacific Journal of Human Rights and the Law, 1:40-76, 2002, Kluwer Law International, Netherlands.
  • Rice, James (2000). “Religious Persecution in Sudan; a case study”. Refuge, Vol. 19 No. 1, York University, Canada.
  • Rice, James (2000-01). “A Successful Case is Made for Granting Refugee Status to a Woman Fleeing Her Own Country to Protect her Daughter from Female Genital Mutilation”. Gonzaga Journal of International Law, Gonzaga University Law School, Spokane Washington, U.S.A. 4 Gonz. J. INT’L. http://www.gonzagajil.org/content/view/83/26/
  • Rice, James (1998). “International Refugee Law: Misconceiving Reconceptions”.
    Refuge Vol. 17, No. 4, York University, Canada. 38-45.
  • Rice, James (1997), “Racial Discrimination in Hong Kong; A Compelling Need for Institutional Change”. Consultative Document on Equal Opportunities: A Study of Discrimination on the Grounds of Race, home Affairs Branch, Government of Hong Kong. pp.6-18.
  • Rice, James (1995). “Tolerating Detention”. Hong Kong Law Journal, 24.2: 157-161.
  • Rice, James (1995). “Human Rights”. The Other Hong Kong Report. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, pp. 103-120.


  • Rice, James, “Building an Inclusive Society: Disseminating Rights Awareness to Foreign Domestic Workers in Hong Kong” (1 Jun 2015-31 May 2017) (Knowledge Transfer Project)
  • Rice, James, “Tracking the Development of Hong Kong’s Rule of Law post 1997” (2011-2012)
  • Rice, James, Elements of Law & Civil Society, (2003) (book project on social and legal issues)
  • Rice, James, (2000-01) (research together with Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor into the conditions and progress of reform regarding Hong Kong juvenile detention facilities)
  • Rice, James, (1997) (research together with Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor, Sir Stephan Tumim, and Human Rights Watch into the conditions and progress of reform regarding Hong Kong detention facilities)

Scholarly Activities and Community Services

  • “Domination and the Rule of Law in Hong Kong”. Presented at the Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, May, 2004 Chicago IL, U.S.A.
  • “Reinterpreting the Rule of Law”. Presented at the Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, July 2001 Budapest, Hungary.
  • “The Use of Torture and Refugee Status”. Paper presented to students and faculty of the Law School of City University, Hong Kong, 2001.
  • Associate, Pam Baker & Company, (1998-2002)
  • Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor, Migrant Worker Sub Committee (2004-present)
  • Board of Governors, Charter Member, The International Society for the Philosophy of Human Rights, 2004 (present)
  • Secretary, Departmental Board, Department of Philosophy, Lingnan University (2000-2006)
  • Faculty Advisor, English Debating Team, 2006-07
  • “Racial Discrimination in Hong Kong: A Compelling Need for Legislative Change”, Paper presented at the Society of Learneds, St. Catherine’s University Toronto, Canada (1996)
  • “Does international law matter?” Paper presented in response to a lecture by Judge Weresinghe of the International Court of Justice at the University Malaya, in conjunction with the Tun Hussein Onn Memorial Lecture Series, 1992.
  • “Democracy and the rule of law, some philosophical considerations.” Paper presented at the Friedrich Naumann Seminar on Democracy and the Nations of Southeast Asia, Jakarta, 1990.
  • Editor, published proceedings of Lingnan College General Education Division, Conferences on Human Values 1992-1994.